This incredibly loathsome and disgusting scene took place on the Mad River in Northern California recently. A friend posted the photos and I felt the need to pass them on.
Yes, what you are seeing is a dead wild steelhead that was gutted for its eggs and then left to die. As the photographer said:
“Not only is it a wild fish on a river where you can only keep hatchery fish, but it was done by an experienced angler. They cut the gills and bled it before taking the eggs…”
Hey you freaking ignorant scumbags, be warned! This kind of crap will not be tolerated (on wild or hatchery fish) and if any of us catch you doing this there will be hell to pay! Not only are you committing a horrendous crime against nature, you are doing anglers and angling a huge disservice! This is the kind of B.S. that gives the anti’s momentum and gets waters SHUT DOWN TO ALL FISHING!!! IF IT SEEMS LIKE I AM YELLING…I AM!! THIS MAKES ME BURN WITH RAGE YOU INCONSIDERATE, HALF-WITTED DIRTBALLS!!!
Please keep an eye out for these gut-and-release slimeballs and call DFW if you see any of this going on!